OCTOBER 26TH

BIRTHDAYS

1913
Charles Daly "Charlie" Barnet
Tenor Sax
b. New York, NY, USA.                    d. Sept. 4, 1991, USA.
Charles Daly Barnet was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. His major recordings were "Skyliner", "Cherokee", "The Wrong Idea", "Scotch and Soda", "In a Mizz", and "Southland Shuffle". Wikipedia
Born: October 26, 1913, New York, NY

Died: September 4, 1991, San Diego, CA
Spouse: Betty Barnet (m. 1958–1991)
Music group: The California Ramblers
Charlie Barnet - Wikipedia
The Biography Of Big Band-leader Charlie Barnet


1900
Sterling Bruce Conaway
banjo/guitar/mandolin, d. 1973, Washington, D.C., USA (Brother of banjoist and guitarist Lincoln M. Conway.)
The instruments Sterling Conaway brought to a session might lead to the conclusion that a bluegrass or oldtime type had arrived, ready to provide whatever is needed on either mandolin, guitar or banjo. This player was actually associated with the early days of jazz, beginning with Duke Ellington's very first combo and continuing with a 1920 line-up of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He also had a brother who played both banjo and guitar, Lincoln Conaway. By 1923 Sterling Conaway had relocated from Washington D.C. to Chicago, where he began collaborating with Carroll Dickerson.
A great deal of work in Europe soon followed. Conaway associated himself with Noble Sissle's group in 1931, Freddy Johnson a few years later and continued swinging amongst the expatriate community through this decade. Naturally this led to a 1938 stint with Leon Abbey, one of the more active American bandleaders abroad. Conaway also led his own band in Europe and largely remained in the role of a multi-instrumentalist, ignoring the trendy focus on guitar which began to dominate the jazz scene. Perhaps this wasn't such a great decision, but for whatever reason this performer retired from full-time music following his return to America in the '40s.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Sterling Conaway - Wikipedia

Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra - 1929
Left to Right: David "Jelly" James, Ken Roane, George Temple, Oliver Blackwell, Emmanuel Casamore, Lockwood Lewis, Ralph Bedell, Andy Pendelton, Felix Gregory, Perry Smith, Hank Duncan seated Fess Williams.
1894
Henry James "Hank" Duncan, piano
b. Bowling Green, KY, USA. d: July 7, 1968, Long Island, NY, USA. Grad. Fisk Univ.
One of the great pianists to come out of Kentucky, Hank Duncan was indeed adept enough to play a second keyboard alongside the virtuoso Fats Waller. After leading his own group in Louisville and taking a band he called the Kentucky Jazz Band up to Detroit in 1919, Duncan spent a cold half of a decade in Buffalo before moving to New York City and a prominent position on the jazz scene there. He began his Big Apple chewing with three years in Fess Williams' band, at one point holding the job of musical director -- but not for long.

In the early '30s the pianist toured with King Oliver, followed by a rhythm section spot in a group collaboratively led by trumpeter Tommy Ladnier and the great soprano saxophonist and clarinetist Sidney Bechet. Duncan would continue to perform and record with Bechet throughout his career. His next assignment was Charlie Turner's Arcadians, the context in which Duncan survived the piano duel with Waller. In the late '30s Duncan was working in a trio led by drummer Zutty Singleton, and had also begun playing solo in New York clubs. The latter endeavor, unfortunately accompanied by the roar of the yabbering crowd in some cases, would develop into the pianist's main focus in later years, particularly a stretch at one club that began in 1947 and lasted through 1963. Duncan was also a reliable pianist in many small bands that were into mainstream or New Orleans jazz styles, including Mezz Mezzrow in the '40s and Lee Blair in the early '60s.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
Hank Duncan - Wikipedia

1911 
Mahalia Jackson, Singer
*Some Sources list her Birthday as October 26, 1911. 
Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She died January 27, 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She was 61 years old. 
No artist brought more acclaim to gospel music than Mahalia Jackson. She was born in 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and moved to Chicago when she was 15. At 22, she had become a well known local singer. She brought a southern style of singing with her to the North. Her interest in gospel music, combined with the power and emotive quality of her voice gave her a rare presence when she sang.



1889
Walter Melrose

Walter Melrose (October 26, 1889– May 1973) was a music publisher and lyricist in the 1920s and 1930s.

Background
He was born in Sumner, Illinois, and was the brother of Lester Melrose, with whom he established a music store in Chicago. This became successful after the Tivoli Theatre opened in the same street, greatly increasing the amount of passing trade. Melrose branched into music publishing when Jelly Roll Morton turned up in his store, and hits such as Wolverine Blues and King Porter Stomp became highly successful for the company. In 1926 he arranged a series of recordings for Victor Records by Morton's Red Hot Peppers, which have come to be regarded as landmarks of early jazz. He later parted company with Morton acrimoniously, and stopped paying him royalties for his compositions.

Major publications
He and his brother published the jazz standard "Tin Roof Blues" composed by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings" in 1923. He also wrote the lyrics to that song.

Melrose added lyrics to many existing jazz compositions that his company published, such as "Copenhagen". He established one of the major publishing companies with his brother, known as Melrose Brothers Music: The House That Blues Built.

Other publications
Melrose Music also published Glenn Miller's 125 Jazz Breaks for Trombone, Louis Armstrong's 125 Jazz Breaks for Cornet, and Benny Goodman's 125 Jazz Breaks for the Saxophone and Clarinet in 1928.

References
 Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton, Howard Reich and William Gaines

~WIKIPEDIA

1907


Tony Pastor
Tenor Sax/Vocal/Leader
b. October 24, Middletown, CT, USA.
d. Oct. 31, 1969, Old Lyme, CT, USA.
~by Scott Yanow
A novelty singer who (like Louis Prima) often emphasized his Italian heritage, Tony Pastor earlier in his career played swing tenor. Pastor started playing C melody saxophone while in high school. He worked with John Cavallaro (1927), Irving Aaronson's Commanders (1928-30) where he met Artie Shaw, and Austin Wylie (1930). Pastor led his own group in Hartford, Connecticut during 1931-34 and then was with Smith Ballew, Joe Venuti and Vincent Lopez. Pastor was an important part of Artie Shaw's first two big bands, the short-lived string combo and the clarinetist's very successful 1938-39 orchestra; in the latter group Pastor (as tenor-sax soloist and the male vocalist where his singing showed off the influence of Louis Armstrong) was one of the stars.
When Shaw fled to Mexico in late 1939, Pastor (who had gained a bit of a name) soon formed his own successful orchestra, a big band that continued until 1959. The emphasis was more on novelties than jazz but there were occasional strong recordings in the swing vein. Most notable among Pastor's alumni were the Clooney Sisters (Rosemary and Betty) in the late 1940's. After breaking up his big band in 1959, Pastor formed a vocal group with his two sons, continuing to perform until he retired in 1968. As a leader, Tony Pastor recorded regularly during 1940-59 including for Bluebird, Victor, Columbia, Decca, Roulette, Everest and Capitol.
Tony Pastor (bandleader) - Wikipedia


Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:
    1935
      From the Shell Chaeteau Hour, aired October 26, 1935. Believed to be Judy's first radio appearence as Judy Garland. Wallace Beery introduces her.


    1952.

    Hattie Mcdaniel, actress/vocals
    died in Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA, USA.
    Age: 57.


    Hattie McDaniel - Wikipedia


      1989.
      Grace Smith, vocals
      Died in Newark, NJ, USA.
      Age: 81.


    Songs Recorded/Released
    On This Date Include:
    1923


    Josie Miles
    Graveyard Dream Blues”



    Rosa Henderson - “He May Be Your Dog But He's Wearing My Collar”
    “I Want My Sweet Daddy Now”

    1925


    Clarence Williams' Blue Five - “Squeeze Me”
    “You Can't Shush Katie”



    Arcadian Serenaders - “Angry” 
    Arcadian Serenaders - “The Co-Ed”

    1926

    Gowan's Rhapsody Makers
    “I'll Fly To Hawaii”


    Bessie Smith - “One And Two Blues” 
    Bessie Smith “Young Woman's Blues”

    1927


    New Orleans Owls - Goose Pimples
    “The New Twister”


    New Orleans Owls - Throwin' The Horns


    Blue Steele and his Orchestra - I'm Drifting Back To Dreamland - Vocal refrain by Bob Nolan
    Let's Forgive And Forget - Vocal refrain by Bob Nolan

    Red Nichols' Stompers
    Make My Cot Where The Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows

    Red Nichols' Stompers - Sugar”


      The Broadway Bell-Hops - Make My Cot Where The Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows


Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra - Sugar